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site last updated 12 November 2015

The Quintana Roo Speleological Survey (QRSS) supports safe exploration, survey and cartography of the underwater and dry caves of Quintana Underwater Cave MapRoo, Mexico. Created in 1990, QRSS maintains an extensive archive of cave survey data for over 337 underwater cave and cave systems. Our survey database includes confirmed data and reports for 1309.1 kilometers (813.4 miles) of underwater cave passage. We also report confirmed dry cave survey data. We are pleased to report a current total of 229.7 kilometers of surveyed dry cave passage. This includes a growing collection of dry passage connected by sumps to underwater caves through a variety of entrances. We continue to archive water chemistry, biological, archaeological, and environmental observations for the area caves.

Our information is an archive of diligent research by numerous explorers, cartographers and scientists who are committed to conservation and scientific documentation of this region's anchialine caves, dry caves, and cenotes. The QRSS effort may be considered to be one of the larger speleological research projects for underwater and dry cave studies in the world. We encourage all speleological groups to participate in this project.

Our companion pursuit is to encourage cartographic representations of the underwater caves common to this area. Only 25 complete underwater caves or cave systems in Quintana Roo are illustrated through various types of cartographic media. Of these cave maps, most are outdated in view of recent explorations! We hope to stimulate underwater cartographic endeavors to further local understanding, education, and appreciation of all the caves of Quintana Roo. We welcome all individuals who are interested in participating in QRSS mapping, conservation, and science projects.

Sustaining a current survey data base on the underwater caves in this region hinges on the generosity of our contributors. The QRSS archives this information for significant reasons. We do not reveal cave locations or where "going leads" might be found. Should you be involved in credible speleological research in Quintana Roo, and conclude that our resources might be of assistance to your investigations, please contact us.

Our primary goal is to encourage conservation and awareness of the underwater caves and cenotes of Quintana Roo through collaboration and knowledge. Should you have further questions concerning caves, or require information on the serious nature of cave diving or exploration, please go here.

Updates and corrections are welcome: chac<at>consolidated.net 

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